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However, even as rival chip manufacturer AMD looks to add Android developers in order to support Android on its Fusion processors, and British design firm ARM continues to dominate the mobile market with processors running in several Android devices, Intel has yet to rally around the Android platform.
Intel previously said it is pursuing a multi-platform strategy that includes Windows, Android, and the MeeGo operating system which Intel developed jointly with Nokia, but which suffered a major blow when Nokia itself chose to prioritize Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS.
In addition to underscoring its Android strategy – and its parent company’s lack thereof -- Ashford’s arrival and Wind River’s addition of mobile software expertise are also part of Wind River’s overall expansion. Wind River said its number of engineers has gone up by 30 percent over the last two years. Wind River's main products include VxWorks, a proprietary real-time operating system, and Linux software for embedded applications. It also provides a range of product design services and development and testing tools.
The company said its recent R&D investments have amounted to triple-digit growth in its mobile business segment and several mobile solution design wins. It also reflects the global growth of Wind River’s mobile business, the company said, especially in the Chinese consumer market. Wind River has other development centers in the U.S., Austria, Canada, Germany, France, Israel, Romania, China, Japan and South Korea.
In December Wind River joined forces with VIA Telecom to launch Kunlunan integrated software and hardware offering, as part of a multi-year collaboration aimed at bringing Android smartphones to Chinese OEMs by combining the Wind River platform for Android with VIA Telecom's EVDO Rev.